‘NCIS: Hawai‘i’: Real Field Agents Feel ‘Deep Connection’ to Show

by Taylor Cunningham
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The cast and crew of NCIS: Hawai‘i aren’t just winging their new primetime drama. A lot of work goes into creating a television series that accurately depicts the Naval Criminal Investigation Service.

So Vanessa Lachey and the rest of the team behind CBS’s hit drama get advice from real field agents.

The main liaison for NCIS: Hawai‘i is Norman Dominesey. He’s the special agent in charge at the Aloha State’s NCIS office. Dominesey and a few other agents help out by reviewing scenes, answering questions, and sometimes playing background characters.

And working with the show has been a special experience for everyone.

“Most of us, especially at this office, feel a deep connection to NCIS Hawai‘i,” Dominesey shared with MidWeek.” We had the opportunity to meet on several occasions with its creators, writers, directors, actors, and members of the production team, and their professionalism really stood out.”

The actors have a strong respect for the field agents they portray on the silver screen. And they’ve made that apparent to Dominesey.

“They were all genuinely interested in getting to know us at NCIS at our Hawai‘i Field Office. And it was also very important to them to be respectful and honor not only our organization but also the Navy and Marine Corps, in addition to all of the military members they represent on the screen.”

Dominesey admitted that it’s flattering to watch big stars act out his career on television. But sometimes, he thinks the cast members—especially Vanessa Lachey—may be playing their parts a little too well.

“Seeing a television show based on your real-life job is pretty incredible,” he continued. “I am a little worried that Special Agent Tennant might be taking my job one day.”

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey is Still Bothered by Her Mother’s Abandonment

Vanessa Lachey may be enjoying her time in the spotlight with a lead role on NCIS: Hawai’i and a debut book in bookstores. But she’s still coping with a rocky childhood, which she detailed during an exclusive with ET.

When the actress was only 9 years old, her mother, Helen Bercero, dropped her and her brother at their father’s house. The couple had divorced a few years prior, and they had shared custody. But for unknown reasons, Helen vanished shortly after. And Vanessa hasn’t seen or heard from her in decades.

“I’ve made the peace that I need to make to be able to speak about it and I think I made that peace because I now know the choices I’ve made as a mother and the things I will not do to my children. But I would be lying if I said it doesn’t still bother me and why it’s more fascinating than anything because she was the best mom until she left. She did everything for me,” Vanessa shared. “And my dad told me, she prayed and prayed she would have a baby girl and so all she wanted was a baby girl.”